And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. (Matthew 14: 28-32, AMP)
There is part of us that wants to be in “control” of our lives. The unexplored territory of trust and reliance in Jesus can be compared to walking on water and trusting Him that we will not sink. In our attempt to control our circumstances in our strength, we find ourselves crying out as Peter “Lord, save me!” It is at the point of sinking that we begin to learn how to live in a new dimension of trusting Him. Just as Jesus was available to rescue Peter from sinking, He is willing to teach us how to keep our focus on Him as we walk in the impossible.
What happens when we yield ourselves to Jesus? We find Him walking beside us, teaching us how to take one faith filled step after another. He teaches us how to look beyond our desires to His sufficient grace, a grace extended as a gift to us for surrendering to His will. As long as we cling to the safety of our boat out of fear, we will live not knowing the possibilities available to us in uncharted waters. In holding on to fear, it is personified as an unintentional advisor that confines us to our comfort zones. Fear keeps us depending on the predictable instead of resting in faith that supersedes our limited understanding. In our eyes, it appears Peter failed but He learned a valuable lesson in keeping His view on Jesus as He grew in faith. In what ways do you need to learn to let go and allow God complete control in your life? Are you willing and ready to surrender? When you truly let go, you will learn the faithful meaning of complete dependence on Jesus.